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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 850330
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Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.

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Dramatic Scenery

Lovely grounds with a truly dramatic coastal view, perfect for picnics and relaxing or exploring till your heart's content. You will not be disappointed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Heather S
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East Lothian, United Kingdom
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East Lothian, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely grounds with a truly dramatic coastal view, perfect for picnics and relaxing or exploring till your heart's content. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank Heather S
Biggar, United Kingdom
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685 reviews
264 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 706 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fairly short return visit to the Castle (by my standards!) accompanied by my wife who has limited interest in historic ruins. It’s the kind of place likely to appeal to those children and adults who enjoy exploring all sorts of nooks and crannies and who are agile enough on their feet to do so. There are quite a few... More 

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Thank Rantin rover
Freudenberg, Germany
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent one morning to visit Dirleton Castle. The castle ruin is still quite well preserved and you can access different levels of the castle. Every major room as informative plaques. The gardens are small but beautifully cultivated. We took the bus from Edinburgh which took almost an hour.

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Thank katrin_odendahl
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here, with our 2.5 yr old and 6 month old as a day, Gardens looked amazing, castle was very interesting, but as we had our 6 month old we struggled abit, a few steps up to the drawbridge across so had to lift buggy and then when exploring as lots of steps up we had to take it... More 

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Thank Emma B
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This castle is one if the most interesting castles I have visited. We spent a long time exploring all the rooms and dungeons. Children love visiting this castle as it is a perfect place to play hide and seek, and to explore the grounds. There is also a beautiful garden and lovely areas to picnic. Benches are dotted all around... More 

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San Rafael, CA
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went because the gardens were highly recommended by more than one source, and they did not disappoint. An amazing array of flowers in the first garden, and the formal garden also was nicely planted with pleasing color schemes. The castle itself is remarkably preserved given its age and it was educational to see the layout of the place; the... More 

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Thank Frankee11
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice gardens and castle doesn't have too many steps or scary heights like tantallon does. Took a morning to look around properly

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Thank richard b
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You enter via the shop where both the man and lady that were working that Saturday in July were extremely helpful and chatty. You them walk through the gardens to get to the Castle. Excellent variety. Worth a slow wander. On to the Castle which as usual with castles, has lots to see, many steps to climb and many memories... More 

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Thank James m
Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like castles then you won't be disappointed visiting Dirleton, set in a beautiful location in the village of Dirleton, lovely grounds to relax in and the castle itself has lots to see and do, lots of little rooms to explore and the kids loved it, well worth the £5 entry fee, we'll definitely be back here soon.

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Thank mtog1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely to be able to sit in peaceful gardens in the sunshine today. I'll have to go back to explore the castle ruins.

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